TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida House has passed a bill that re-works mandatory life sentences for juveniles, bringing state law closer to the United States Supreme Court ruling banning such sentences.
The House passed the bill (HB 7035), sponsored by James Grant, R-Tampa, 117-0 on Tuesday. The accompanying Senate bill is on the calendar for Thursday.
The House bill allows for varying sentences and a judicial hearing depending on the crime.
The U.S. Supreme Court has acknowledged that juvenile brains are still developing, and they deserve an opportunity for rehabilitation. The bill excludes a review for murder defendants who previously committed serious crimes.
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